Back in March, the GM Design team shared a sketch on its Instagram page of an open-top Chevy sports car called the ‘CERV 5’ that designer Brian Geiszler completed back in 2017. It seems as though that roofless sportscar experiment wasn’t a one-off, as GM Design recently shared a very similar sketch that was completed by a separate designer around the same time period.
This sketch, dated 2018, can be attributed to GM designer Helio Queiroz. It shows a roofless Chevy sports car with a wedge shape and open-wheel design, giving it a very similar appearance to the aforementioned CERV 5. Queiroz appears to have first sketched the vehicle without its bodywork, revealing the intricate aluminum frame that the svelte body panels bolt to, along with its sophisticated pushrod front suspension.
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When the bodywork is attached, this outlandish design actually seems somewhat feasible, incorporating road-ready components like front LED headlights and daytime running lights and taillights. We imagine the slick racing tires, minimal cargo space and lack of side and rear view mirrors would cause some headaches for anyone looking to take this experimental design concept out on the road, though.
This concept reminds us of the Plymouth Prowler in a way – especially the front end with its inboard-mounted headlights and triangular-shaped grille opening. The Plymouth Prowler wasn’t really a sales success (only 11,702 were ever produced), so we can’t imagine GM giving a vehicle like this the green light for production, but it’s interesting to see what its designers get up to in their spare time. Experiments like these also serve as inspiration for cars and model variants that may eventually see the light of day and help designers sharpen their skills.
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